Bouncing the Rubber Rooms
April 15th, 2010

Like the Pentagon’s $640 toilet seats and the bridge to nowhere, New York City’s rubber rooms have emerged as a symbol of government programs run amok. Well, critics of the teacher’s union wont have those rubber rooms to kick around any more.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew today announced an agreement to eliminate the rubber rooms where teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence can spend years literally doing nothing while they wait for their cases to be resolved. According the city’s figures, some 550 teachers currently wile away the hours in this temporary reassignment center, costing the city $30 million a year.

The agreement would speed up the process for hearing cases, requiring the Department of Education to act quickly or send a teacher back to his or her class. To further accelerate the process, the department will increase the number of arbiters. And while teachers do wait to learn their fate, instead of sitting in a rubber room, they will now do administrative chores in Department of Education office or non-classroom work in their schools.

By on April 15, 2010, 2:11 pm
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2 Responses to “Bouncing the Rubber Rooms”

  1. Daniel Millstone Says:
    April 16th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    In my opinion, one reason the rubber rooms were so wasteful is that charges against the teachers exiled there were rarely brought. Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Klein stretched teacher supervision so thinly, that principals — even when acting in a principled manner — are unable to document bad teaching because they hadn’t observed their teachers at work. The inability to supervise, it seems, will continue.

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